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5 Fun Facts About October 21 In Nevada History

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1. In 1864, Nevada became the 36th state in the United States. The state was admitted to the union during the Civil War as a way to increase support for the Union Army.

2. In 1942, the Nevada State Prison in Carson City experienced a major riot. The riot began when a group of inmates refused to be searched for contraband, and it soon spiraled out of control. The prison was badly damaged, and several inmates were killed in the violence.

3. In 1986, the first megaresort on the Las Vegas Strip, the Mirage, opened its doors. The Mirage was built by Steve Wynn and was the most expensive resort of its time, costing $630 million to construct.

4. In 2005, the Las Vegas Strip was closed down for a few hours so that 40,000 runners could participate in the first-ever Las Vegas Marathon. The marathon has since become a yearly event that draws thousands of participants from around the world.

5. In 2016, the third and final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. This was the first time a presidential debate had been held in Las Vegas, and it drew a record-breaking audience of over 71 million viewers.
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